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Summary

  1. Four Premier League news conferences
  2. Arsenal v West Brom (19:45 BST)
  3. GET INVOLVED Who should the Queen support? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Matt Davis and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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That's your lot for today.

You can follow live text coverage of Arsenal v West Brom on the BBC Sport website, kick-off at 19:45 BST.

Lawro's Prediction

Arsenal v West Brom 19:45 BST

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Mark Lawrenson's squared up to boxer Carl Frampton for his predicitons for this game - both are expecting a home win.

Lawro says "Arsenal are another team struggling to score a second goal to finish teams off at the moment - we saw that again in their draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

West Brom were unfortunate to lose at home to Watford at the weekend - but when they are on the road they struggle to cause much of a goal threat."

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Frampton's prediction: 3-0

See how Lawro got on with the rest of his predictions here.

Is it time for Wenger to leave Arsenal?

Football

BBC Radio 5 Live

Mark Pougatch, Mark Lawrenson and Peter Reid discuss whether it's time for Arsenal to part ways with Arsene Wenger.

Ominous omen?

Arsenal v West Brom (19:45 BST)

3 - WBA have failed to win any of their 3 PL games on a Thursday (D2 L1), with the defeat coming against Arsenal on Boxing Day 2002. Far.

'The season is far from over'

Arsenal v West Brom 19:45 BST

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
AP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "The season is far from over. It depends on who you play and the commitment you face.

"Against West Ham and Crystal Palace we were not efficient enough. That is a regret. It's my job to get the team 100% ready.

"Every time it doesn't work you question yourself, it is part of the job. In the end it is always down to me and I stand up to that."

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: "We get to go to these football grounds and play against great players, great football teams, at great stadiums. You relish it, you shouldn't be nervous or worried about it.

"We've got the points to keep us in the Premier League, so we should really look forward to these games."

Eighth time lucky?

Arsenal v West Brom (19:45 BST)

Tony Pulis
BBC Sport

Townsend takes Bolton role

Football

BBC Manchester Sport

TV pundit and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend has joined Bolton Wanderers in a consultancy role as their managerial search drags on.

Team News

Arsenal v West Brom 19:45 BST

Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott training
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could make changes following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are all pushing for recalls, but Jack Wilshere is not yet ready to play.

West Brom have reported no fresh injuries since their defeat by Watford.

Saido Berahino is expected to keep his place despite missing two penalties against the Hornets, Alex Pritchard is a doubt, while James Morrison is out

Arsenal v West Brom (19:45 BST)

Football

Only one match in the Premier League tonight.

Arsenal need the three points to keep hold of their top four place, while West Brom need a win as they target 49 points, their record Premier League points tally.

On this day...

Football

1996: Manchester United's Eric Cantona was voted player of the year by the Football Writers' Association.

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Losing sleep

Football

Borussia Dortmund and Germany World Cup-winning defender Mats Hummels says he is losing sleep over his future.

Hummels, 27, still has another season left on his contract but has been linked with several clubs.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool are all reportedly interested.

"It's been taking me at least half an hour extra to fall asleep for several weeks now because this is such a big issue for me," said Hummels.

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Swansea news conference

Leicester v Swansea (Sun 16:15 BST)

He may have only been at the Liberty Stadium since January but there are doubts as to whether Francesco Guidolin will remain South Wales next season. On his own future, Guidolin told the press: "I have spoken to the chairman and he said that in two weeks, 15 days or three weeks' time he would decide about the future.

“We have talked about players, staff, pre-season – lots of things. I came in to help save Swansea from relegation and to help us move up the table - my future is not important.

He added: “But what is most important right now is the team and getting more points in the Premier League"

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Birthday wishes

Football

Happy birthday and the very best to Queen Elizabeth! Thanks for the warm welcome here in England. I feel very comfortable 😉 #Queenat90

On this day

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Swansea news conference

Leicester v Swansea (Sun, 16:15 BST)

There's no doubting where the Swansea manager, Francesco Guidolin, wants the Premier League trophy to end up come May. "I hope that Leicester can win the title because they deserve it." 

And the praise continued, particularly for his Italian compatriot: “They have been top for many weeks and have played very, very well. It is a dream for them and for Claudio – you only had to see the tears in his eyes recently. He has a lot of experience and tactically, he is very good.”

Claudio Ranieri
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Swansea news conference

Leicester v Swansea (Sun 16:15 BST)

Francesco Guidolin has been speaking to the media ahead of Sunday's match with Leicester. The Swansea boss says that with some big games ahead, his side must "play without fear, with both courage and with character."

Swansea's run-in includes matches against the current Premier League leaders as well as Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester City - something which the manager doesn't hide from.

He added: "We have some tough games to end the season because we play teams who have important targets...Our season is not finished yet and we need points."

Francesco Guidolin
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Man Utd news conference

Everton v Man Utd (Sat, 17:15 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal has been speaking about Timothy Fosu-Mensah's best position, with the 18-year-old  having played at full-back and centre-half.

He added: "Players in my squad play in different positions. Not always what they have played in their career. When there is a vacancy youngster has the quality.

" Makes you mentally a good player. You can see qualities and make a profile. Can he perform. Can he do it. Then he sticks to that position. When I came to Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger played right midfield. I made him centre mid. I looked at his profile and thought he was better in the middle. He enjoyed that much more than right side."

Man Utd news conference

Everton v Man Utd (Sat, 17:15 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal spoke about United's academy players: "They are not ready. Marcus Rashford is not ready. He knows that. You need guts to put youngsters in the squad, also in the line-up.

"Academy and scouts have credit for these players. I am a little part. That part is very important. You need guts to do that."

On Rashord's form: "I have had that at all my clubs. At Ajax I had Patrick Kluivert. He was 18, the same as Rashford. I can give a lot of examples. Thiago Motta, Xavi at 18, Andres Iniesta at 17. It is not strange. Age is not the issue."

Man Utd news conference

Everton v Man Utd (Sat, 17:15 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal has beenspeaking ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup semi-final with Everton Saturday. The Reds beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday night to move one point off the top four.

He said: "We are further than last year. Then it was the quarter-final, now it is the semi. Means we are better than last year.

"It is not for me to judge the importance (of the Champions League). I have said that already. I do my best. We are in semi-final and still in race for fourth. That was our aim."

Ask Eddie...

Rugby union

BBC Radio 5 Live

England coach Eddie Jones will be in the 5 live Sport studio from 20:30 BST.

He’ll be there for a whole 90 minutes, so if you have anything you want to ask him, this is your chance. Use @5livesport on Twitter to send in your questions and the best will be put to Jones later on Thursday.

He will also help preview the Champions Cup semi-finals with former All Black Ali Williams and England and Lions prop Alex Corbisiero.

'I very much regret what happened'

Liverpool 4-0 Everton

Contrite Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori has apologised for injuring Liverpool striker Divock Origi and being sent off in Wednesday's derby defeat...

McGregor not retired

UFC

Conor McGregor
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Conor McGregor had said on Tuesday that he was retiring and was pulled from Ultimate Fighting Championship's main event in July.

But the Irishman has released a statement indicating he will still fight in the rematch against Nate Diaz on 9 July at UFC 200.

McGregor said he did not have time to promote the fight as he was too busy training.

He said: "I must isolate myself now. I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time. I can not dance for you this time. It is time for the other monkeys to dance.

"I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside eight months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. I am still ready to go for UFC 200." 

Oosthuizen will not play at Olympics

Golf

Louis Oosthuizen
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South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen followed fellow major winner Adam Scott in choosing not to compete at the Rio Olympics.

The 2010 Open Champion made the decision after "long deliberations citing family and schedule issues". He added: "I have always represented South Africa with pride so I didn't make my decision without a great deal of thought."

Man Utd news conference

Everton v Manchester United (Sat, 17:15 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Man Utd
BBC Sport

Last Friday, Manchester United's Louis van Gaal complained no other Premier League manager was subject to the same intense scrutiny he has endured this season. He was wrong.

FA Cup semi-final opponent Roberto Martinez is also in the firing line at Everton. It is widely assumed whoever loses at Wembley on Saturday will pay for the failure with their job and for both men, even winning might not be enough.

We'll hear from Van Gaal very soon...

BreakingMcGregor denies retirement

UFC

Conor McGregor says he has not retired from Ultimate Fighting Championship.

That'll be that, then...

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen

Dundee United's Mixu Paatelainen has been given a suspended two-match ban after "shouting and gesticulating" at Dundee fans.

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Leicester star plays rock, paper, scissors with reporter
Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs puts BBC reporter John Bennett to the test with a game of rock-paper-scissors.

Brighton news conference

Charlton v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

BBC South East Sport

Chris Hughton's side are third in the Championship with just three games to go - and only two points from the top. 

The Seagulls boss has spoke of the remarkable achievement: "Nobody expected us to be here, but it can't be anything other than exciting."

The South East side face Charlton at The Valley this weekend, with the Addicks needing a win to keep their second tier status alive. 

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Stoke news conference

Man City v Stoke (Sat, 12:45 BST)

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Stoke have take five points from a possible 18 in their last six games.

Mark Hughes said: "Obviously we are concerned by our previous couple of games. We know that this weekend will be a huge challenge for us.

"We sat down as a group to analyse what has gone wrong. I'm looking for us to execute a game-plan and give a better account of ourselves."

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Stoke news conference

Man City v Stoke (Sat, 12:45 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

Stoke are aiming to set a new record Premier League points haul - they finished with 54 last season.

Mark Hughes said: "We are towards the end of a long hard season and we still have targets to achieve that have never been achieved before, so that is our motivation. 

"If we were able to do that then it would give us huge reason for optimism moving forward. Sometimes we have to accept that we are going to be second best on occasions, but we now want to end the season well."

Stoke news conference

Manchester City v Stoke City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

Stoke will be without Xherdan Shaqiri for the lunchtime kick-off at Manchester City on Saturday.

The winger was replaced at half-time with an slight hamstring injury against Tottenham who went on to win 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

Shay Given is set to retain his place in goal against his former club but Glen Johnson, Jon Walters and Marc Wilson also miss out.

Xherdan Shaqiri
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'That definitely hurt'

Liverpool 4-0 Everton

One former Everton midfielder is taking Wednesday's defeat by Liverpool pretty badly and is hoping a couple of his former team-mates, who are still on the staff, ram home how painful ti was...

24hrs + has passed since the Derby @Everton don't know what to say. That definately hurt. Hope Duncan Ferguson and Hibbo have had a word.

Trump tweets during match

World Snooker Championship

Drinks on me later if I get out of jail here #betfredworldchampionship

Trump is currently PLAYING at the Crucible and is trailing China's Liang Wenbo 7-6 in their best-of-19 second-round match. 

Should he not be concentrating? You can watch the match live here

Are you sure you've run a marathon?

Athletics

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I've never run a marathon. In fact, I can barely run the length of myself. But I'd imagine that for many it is one of their proudest achievements.

So think how hundreds of people who ran the Greater Manchester Marathon in 2013, 2014 and 2015 must be feeling after it emerged that they did actually run 26 miles and 385 yards. The course, it has transpired, was 380 metres short. Ouch.

Spring brings double hundreds

County Cricket podcast

BBC Test Match Special

Kevin Howells looks back on the second week of the County Championship and talks to Yorkshire and England's David Willey, Northant's Ben Duckett and former International umpire Steve Davis. 

Journalists Ali Martin and David Clough discuss helmets, double hundreds, and another amazing milestone for Ryan Sidebottom. 

Listen here

Vardy's journey

Football

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@BR_UK

This piece, entitled The Late Burn of Jamie Vardy, is worth a few minutes of your day if you're interested in the Leicester City and England striker.

Time for answers?

UFC

Ok no more games. I am going to release a statement shortly.

That right, aye?

Ireland's McGregor tweeted on Tuesday that he was to retire and was withdrawn from the Ultimate Fighting Championship's main event in July  

The Italian Roy of the Rovers...

Football

Francesco Totti
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"Francesco Totti,like Roy Race, plays in red and gold. Both are one-club men who became captain of the teams they supported as a boy. Each boasts a chiseled jaw and a dry sense of humour. Most of all, though, what they share is a knack for writing themselves into the most improbable of storylines."

This piece by the Guardian on Roma's talisman - who scored twice inside the final four minutes against Torino on Wednesday - is a fine way to spend a few minutes of your day...

Get Involved - who should the Queen support?

#bbcsportsday

David Pickup: Everton at least play in Royal Blue, and Goodison nicknamed the Old Lady. But HM probably won't have to sell the crown jewels.

Southampton news conference

Aston Villa v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Southampton are eighth in the table, five points from West Ham in sixth.

Their only defeat in the last six games came against leaders Leicester.

Ronald Koeman said: "The draw against Everton was a really big opportunity missed to stay close to the teams above us.

"It is possible to make the top six, but we can't make any mistakes like we have done in several games this season, mostly away from home. We have not had enough away wins and that makes it difficult."

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